Sep 12, 2003

Insects Found in Bottled Water in India, Officials Close Plant

Officials in the western Indian state of Maharashtra ordered a plant belonging to one of the country's biggest bottled water manufacturers to be closed after insects were found in some of its bottles.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorities ordered the closure of Parle Product's plant in the city of Bombay after receiving complaints that some of the company's five-liter bottles contained "dead insects."

"We went to the company's plant and found that it was extremely unhygienic and improperly maintained," FDA Commissioner Uttam Khobargade said.

"We have ordered the closure of the plant until the management improves standards as we indeed found insects in the water. The insects are clearly visible in the bottles."

Parle sells bottled water under the "Bisleri" label, which is one of the country's top selling brands of bottled drinking water.